Fake News Conference 2 | A Conference on Disinformation and Fact Checking

Event Date: 29 Nov 2020; Time: 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Venue: Online

Fake News Conference

About the Program

The Fake New Conference (FNC) aims to bring together 30 students and young professionals with policy and domain experts, and leading liberal thought-leaders to dialogue on the state of the media, the limits of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, and an in-depth practical workshop on fact checking.

The conference is conceptualised as an online, in-depth discussion, dialogue, and workshop on fake news and fact-checking. It provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Participants will be expected to share their advanced understandings of the relationship between disinformation, public policy and regulatory frameworks, and personal freedoms and human rights to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberal perspectives in media regulation today.

Apply now to register for the 1-day workshop Conference on Fake News, organized by Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be issued after all the conditions are fulfilled.

Application Details:

Applications Open:  21st October 2020
Application Deadline: 18th November 2020
Program Date: 29th November 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Course fee: Rs 500/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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Conference Schedule




Session Name


                                                November 30 2020

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

An Introduction to Fake News

An introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why is it important to discern Fake News, and a glossary of terminology.

01:30 pm - 02:15 pm

Lunch break

02:15 pm - 04:15 pm

Workshop on Fact Checking

The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Data Journalism, which is becoming more and more prominent, can both help and hinder in this effort. How can journalists use the Right to Information laws in India? And in what way can secret sources/whistleblowers be protected from retaliation?

04:15 pm - 04:30 pm

Closing and Way Forward


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eColloquium on The Limits of Democracy

Event Date: 22 Nov 2020; Time: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM IST
Venue: Online

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on The Limits of Democracy scheduled to take place on 22nd November 2020.

Democracy was envisioned as a system to restrict the State and to minimise the conflicts of differences among people. However, it is pertinent to understand the genesis of this decision making problem, the economics of consensus and the relationship of State with the individual. Can subjective individual interests be overshadowed by a democratic vote? In this eColloquium, we will explore the economics of democratic decision making, the role of ideology in Constitution-making and the way in which Constitutions can incentivise market-based competition. The eColloquium will seek to understand the aforementioned issues by reading and deliberating on the works of scholars like James Buchanan, Gordon Tollock etc.

What is an eColloquium?

A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, eColloquium explores a specific theme by discussing a common reader (a curated collection of readings), that is read before the program. The shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.

How does it Work?

CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The eColloquium reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.

We provide a Certificate of participation for the participants of eColloquium, who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.


Date: 22nd November 2020
Time: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 25th October 2020
Fee: Rs. 500/-
The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.


Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. We are accepting applications until the midnight of 25th October 2020.

We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.

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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 31 Oct To 01 Nov 2020; Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Online

  • What is the ideal role of government in society?
  • What is a public good?
  • How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others?
  • Why are some laws difficult to implement?
  • How can India become a developed country?

To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend epolicy for Young Leaders.

epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online certificate course introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come and learn with us over two days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. Around the session days, you get to see cool videos and network with fellow participants and policy experts.

We only accept 35 participants in each course!

Upcoming courses

Dates: 31st October and 1st November 2020
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Close: 28th October 2020
Fee: Rs. 1500 ( 10% early bird discount available)

The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.

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MOOC On Liberalism

Event Date: 15 Oct To 10 Nov 2020; Time: will be shared later
Venue: Online

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Liberalism in India

Event Date: 15 Oct 2020; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Liberalism in India: Battle of Ideologies, is an attempt by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) to give you an understanding of liberal values in a structured manner..

This is the first attempt of its kind and includes perspectives on different aspects of liberal values such as social, political, cultural and economic.

This course will provide you will;

  • A systematic and deeper understanding of the fundamentals of liberal values;
  • Understanding of philosophical foundations that shape ideologies which reflects the course of political action;
  • Ability to apply liberal values in different aspects of life such as personal, social, economic, and political etc;
  • Ability to rationalize, synthesize and articulate ideas and actions from a liberal perspective;
  • Understanding the role of a state and rights of citizens from a liberal perspective;
  • Understanding of foundations, evolution, and future of liberalism in India;
  • Ability to understand the impact of controlled/liberalized economy with reference to nationalization, license permit quota system, and collective farming;
  • Identifying visible changes in Indian cinema and sports with a change in economic management; and
  • Understanding policy ecosystem impacting life and livelihood of citizens.

The course is divided into five comprehensive modules each with its own assessments. The overall engagement duration is roughly 25-30 hours which can be self-paced over the duration of the course.

Admissions open on 15th October!

*Only Limited seats are available*

Course Outline


  1. Liberal values in Indian society
  2. Religious, cultural and social foundation of liberalism
  3. Hinduism as a liberal framework
  4. The idea of a liberal state in Indian society
  5. Role of philosophical foundations in shaping ideologies


  1. Individual freedom and caste
  2. Gender justice and sexuality
  3. Freedom of speech and media
  4. Liberal ideas and Indian cinema
  5. Liberalism in sports and its impact


  1. Liberal values and the constitution of India
  2. Socialism vs constitutionalism
  3. Politics, elections and liberal values
  4. India's administrative system
  5. 'Swatantra Part' and its role in Indian politics
  6. Emergency and the key lessons derived


  1. Central planning and its relevance
  2. Economic freedom and morality of the market
  3. Policy framework and its implication on livelihood
  4. Liberalism and the informal economy
  5. Economic reform and changes in Indian cinema


  1. Scope for liberal practice in politics
  2. Ways to expansion democracy
  3. Equality and liberty in changing Indian society
  4. Qualitative and quantitative changes in sports
  5. Radical liberal ideas for revolutionizing change


Admissions open on 15th October!

Please click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Your seat would be reserved once you register and make the payment.

Application Deadline: 10th November 2020

Course fee: 1,499

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